Dr Eilidh Whiteford, Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, met with local McDonald’s franchisee Geoff Cooper and his wife Arlene at the Peterhead restaurant recently.
The visit gave her an opportunity to meet staff, find out about how the business operates locally and the contribution the restaurant team makes to the community.
Eilidh heard about the investments Geoff has made to the local economy since first taking over the Peterhead store – prior to which Geoff was a supplier to McDonald’s, working for Noble Foods. He now employs 82 local people in the Peterhead store alone and according to independent research, his three restaurants in Aberdeen and Peterhead contribute a combined value of £2 million annually to their local economies.
They also discussed some of the community outreach work that the restaurant does, including their ongoing efforts to protect the local environment, through daily litter patrols conducted by the restaurant and Geoff’s involvement in Pick Up Peterhead, joining regular litter picks on the beach.
Eilidh also met with several of the restaurant staff, including Business Manager Daniel Smith who gave her a tour of the restaurant and kitchen, and heard about the training and development opportunities on offer.
Eilidh Whiteford, MSP, said: “It was a great pleasure to meet with Geoff and Arlene Cooper and the team at McDonald’s in Peterhead, and to hear of their success. I was very much impressed by their standards of professionalism, and their involvement in community events.
“With a staff of 82 at the Peterhead outlet, Geoff is a significant employer in Peterhead, and has made a significant financial investment in improving customer service.
“It was also interesting to hear of McDonald’s commitment to using quality meat and free-range eggs in their products.”
McDonald’s franchisee, Geoff Cooper added: “My team and I were delighted to have had the opportunity to meet Eilidh Whiteford and highlight the commitment we make to the local community and also to our staff, as well as to hear about her views on the role businesses can play in the local area.”